Joan Baez: A Tribute by Miss Irenie Rose at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall - Theatre 2 takes us in the very limited time that any Fringe show allows through some of the highlights of Joan Baez’s back catalogue. I have to admit that Joan Baez is a singer that I know a very limited number of songs from, but I forever associate her with “protest and political” songs, and of course her association with Bob Dylan. With vocals that suit Joan Baez songs so well, and a warm touch to guitar, Irenie Rose managed in a short time to introduce me to a wider spectrum of songs by Joan Baez.
I tend to associate Joan Baez with two songs more than anything else - "Diamonds and Rust", written about her relationship with Bob Dylan, and her cover version of the Robbie Robinson (of The Band) song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". What always puzzles me is that “Diamonds and Rust” shows the hand of a gifted songwriter, yet Joan Baez is best known for cover versions of other people’s songs. Irenie Rose captures both of these songs (and others) so well in this show.
If you like Bob Dylan’s songs, then there are a few “have to be there” versions in this show, and Irenie Rose seems very comfortable in her own musical world when playing these songs. It is often forgotten that it was Joan Baez who opened many doors for the young Bob Dylan, as at this early stage in his career Joan Baez was the far more established singer and performer.
A few nice surprises in this set too, “The Ballad of Mary Hamilton” being only one of them.
Unlike many “tribute” shows out there at the moment, this one is, as they should always be, a tribute to the music by a performer with a genuine love for the songs and the original artist, and not any attempt to impersonate the original artist
Review by Tom King
Joan Baez: A Tribute by Miss Irenie Rose
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall - Theatre 2
Aug 3-4, 6-11, 13-18, 20-25
Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
Group: Miss Irenie Rose